Won’t play in India until they play Pakistan series first, says Sethi

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LAHORE – Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) Executive Committee Najam Sethi stated Friday that the team won’t be play series in India until they play Pakistan home series first.

Najam Sethi was of the opinion that PCB will not send the team to India for a series unless the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) honours the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

As per the MoU signed between the two boards, Pakistan and India were to play six series over the period of eight years between them.

However, due to the political tensions between the countries, the Indian government did not allow their players to participate in a series against Pakistan in Pakistan or in UAE or any other neutral venue.

Recently, the PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan, while addressing media at the Karachi Press Club, said that they are ready to play India in India, but the BCCI needs to agree to face them first.

But Sethi appeared on Friday to clarify Chairman PCB’s comment and said:  “that his comment on agreeing to play in India was related to the contract between PCB and BCCI signed in 2014 according to which six bilateral series had been agreed over an eight-year period.”

The clarification statement further read: “Pakistan had agreed to host four series in Pakistan or any third country like UAE or Sri Lanka with mutual consent, while India was to host two series in India. BCCI has failed to fulfill this contract as a result of which PCB has sent a legal notice to BCCI.

The statement also highlighted that Pakistan is ready to play India in India only if they first play Pakistan’s home series. “PCB is ready to play in India despite security threats but only as part of the contract it has signed in 2014 with BCCI, in which it is clearly noted that first India will play Pakistan in Pakistan’s home series, be it in Pakistan or a neutral venue.”

Adding to the clarification, Sethi replied to a question saying “PCB’s policy is Pakistan will not play India in India until India has played Pakistan in Pakistan [or a] third country as per the 2014 MoU. This is non-negotiable.”

With input from Tribune

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